writes overwrought, Dickensian novels, and he’s damned proud of it. The
New England-born author spent much of his reading at the Coolidge
Corner Theatre on Tuesday night defending himself against imaginary
criticisms of his work — criticisms that were remarkably similar to the New York Times’ review of Irving’s new book, Last Night in Twisted River
In his unparalleled exposé on the plight of urban vermin and those of us who live among them, Rats author Robert Sullivan describes one scene in which a woman is viciously attacked by rodents during the 1979 New York City garbage strike. The Phoenix also collected some revolting rat tales.KENMORE SQUARE, FALL 2007 A local marijuana advocate reports that his girlfriend’s car has had its battery cables chewed by furry critters.
“From studying astrophysics, listening to my wise father, or from problem solving in
my own artwork, for every question answered several more questions arise. This
is an exciting motivator, not a deterrent, when pursuing my artistic
objectives. I continually seek a deeper understanding of the creative process
and the implication it has to my work.
It's been a year since that night in Chicago, which for photographer SCOUT TUFANKJIAN was the end of a two-year journey that had started with a New Hampshire book tour by the then-junior Senator from Illinois, who had not yet declared his intention to run for the nation's highest office.
Photo Credit:Melissa Ostrow
The angry spirits that supervise Boston politics tried to silence this election coverage. Between a T-Mobile outage that put me behind every writer in this city (or at least those who are smart enough to distrust Catherine Zeta-Jones) – and the several hours I spent waiting for inadequate trains and buses – this mission was hobbled from the get-go.
Menino gets my vote, who is this TITO cat leaving
flyers on my wheelz? tah!
bhalpin For Boston City Council, voting Pressley, Arroyo, and Jackson. How could I
possibly not vote for Tito Jackson?
Voting for Felix Arroyo, Tito Jackson and FLAHOON.
johnnyblazes Just voted.
E_Flash Word, I don't think I believe in good politicians but VOTE
for Mayor Menino cause if anything... He's for the HOOD!
zackcerza Boston residents: Think Menino should have yet another term as
mayor? Don't tell me, just go vote.
WillieMoe I mean I would've voted for Flaherty/ Yoon, but I couldn't
find Yoon's name anywhere on the ballot?
A year ago tomorrow we woke up and elected the first-ever black President. A couple of weeks ago at the Boston Book Festival,
a panel of pundits kicked off what is sure to be an avalanche of
first-year retrospectives on the Obama presidency. Surprise: nobody's
happy. And this, folks, is the loyal opposition.
says the first year of Obama has been marked by the "dis-involvement of
all the people who helped make him president in the first place,"
adding that if he sticks to his current course, it will be "very
dificult to accomplish the change he promised and that we need."
Giant Jewel (Chlorocypha centripunctata. Photo by Kai Schuette
The latest update of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Red List of Threatened
Species™ shows that 17,291 species out of the 47,677 assessed species
are threatened with extinction. Those threatened are 21 percent of ALL known mammal, 30 percent of ALL known amphibians, 12 percent of ALL known birds, 28 percent of
reptiles, 37 percent of freshwater fishes, 70 percent of plants, 35
percent of invertebrates.
The Colorado Independent has the story:
the US Conference of Catholic Bishops has instructed pastors nationwide
to distribute anti-healthcare-reform literature in church and to preach
against it from the pulpit.
I'm no Catholic, but with the
Church's opposition to same-sex marriage (in an unholy alliance with
Mormons and evangelical Protestants) and now the basic human right of
healthcare for all, I'm not sure what being Catholic is anymore.
Augusten Burroughs is all too familiar with the disastrous and absurd —
to the point that all six of his memoirs (starting with the hugely
successful Running with Scissors in 2002) have veered so far from the conventional that critics have questioned whether they’re even true. Apparently,
Burroughs has a knack for attracting chaos even post-youth.
Photo via the Harvard Crimson
As the audience was filing into last night's "The Wire at Harvard" panel, Professor Lawrence Bobo leaned over and spoke to Bubbles.
"You saved it for me," Bobo said.
"I saved it for you?"
"In the last show, when poor Duquan went down," said Bobo. "I said, 'At least I got Bubbles.